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Waiting For My Train
Waiting For My Train
MarcusArmani


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 400mm EF f/4 DO IS USM
Location: Newark, California
Date: Jul 4, 2006
Aperture: F/5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 2000
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

Maybe Not My Best But A Favorite.
Thanks For Looking.

Statistics
Place: 38 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.6940
Avg (commenters): 7.5089
Avg (participants): 6.7094
Avg (non-participants): 6.6053
Views since voting: 2840
Views during voting: 844
Votes: 513
Comments: 128
Favorites: 26 (view)


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06/16/2010 02:51:19 AM
Good pic and idea. Only one missing detail, owl's shadow.
In any case, congrats!
03/31/2009 07:42:35 PM
Congrats on your top 50 placing.
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03/19/2009 02:11:53 PM
Very nice capture.
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03/19/2009 03:39:48 AM
Lovely catch! Not your typical owl shot for sure - very memorable.
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03/18/2009 04:38:39 PM
I thought this one was great. Keep coming back to it. Gave it a 10. Thought it might have ribboned too. I can see why it's a personal fav. I'd be very proud of it.
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03/18/2009 04:27:40 AM
Equally improbable and appealing - keeps one looking for quite a time.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:06:49 PM
ha! what a cute little owl! great dof, its perfect!!
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03/17/2009 10:53:54 PM
Great capture, some times it's just about being there when they do things like this.
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03/17/2009 09:44:09 PM
this is a very interesting picture. I like the leading line. I wish that the owl was little further inside, leaving some more room in the front.
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03/17/2009 09:22:01 PM
simply remarkable. if, though, this is a set up shot, i hope you drop your camera in a pond ;-)
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03/17/2009 08:51:25 PM
now there is something you don't see every day
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03/17/2009 07:50:46 PM
I really love this. What a cool moment this must have been to witness! The only thing is I wish it was 720 px. 7 for now.
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03/17/2009 05:21:15 PM
Great title, and the focus makes this bird jump out from my screen.
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03/17/2009 03:38:16 PM
Hahaha, I love this! Great DOF, I love the distorted reflection and the composition.
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03/17/2009 03:32:05 PM
Love the way the owl is "floating" there, and of course am just utterly bemused by the incongruity of an owl on a railroad track :-) Almost wish you'd titled it "My Trained Owl" :-) 7 from me.
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03/17/2009 03:07:25 PM
Hahah...he looks funny just standing there. I hope he doesnt wait too long though, the train might come :)
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03/17/2009 01:53:40 PM
Made me laugh out loud... Thanks.
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03/17/2009 06:25:42 AM
Nice shot. Hope he flies away before the train comes.
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03/16/2009 11:57:37 PM
Funny and confrontational! What's not to love about that? I find myself wondering what in the world is going through the birds mind, a very enjoyable photograph.
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03/16/2009 10:48:55 PM
Interesting reflection in the rail; nice use of DOF.
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03/16/2009 10:48:13 PM
even a reflection...beautiful work!
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03/16/2009 09:48:10 PM
Unique shot. Wonderful.
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03/16/2009 08:53:00 PM
Amazing shot. Is this bird real? How did you pull this off? 10
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03/16/2009 05:13:34 PM
Bizarre. Like it a lot. Out of the box.
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03/16/2009 01:09:48 PM
haha. Great shot.
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03/16/2009 12:21:48 PM
Great shot!
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03/16/2009 11:27:50 AM
Interesting perspective here, I love how the little guy is just staring at you, neat shot.
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03/16/2009 11:09:13 AM
What a cool photo! Great focus/DOF - and the composition is perfect. Can't believe you can even see the reflection in the train rail! Is this a pet? Terrific work!
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03/16/2009 10:45:31 AM
What a moment to capture! Love this shot, humour, mystery, and great dof
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03/16/2009 07:58:59 AM
This is special - so different and engaging.
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03/16/2009 06:09:48 AM
Funny, excellent composition and exposure. Almost looks unreal.
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03/16/2009 03:58:10 AM
very cool shot
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03/15/2009 11:03:19 PM
What a catch!! Great focus and sharpness on the bird, the DOF really brings it forward!!
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03/15/2009 08:26:56 PM
A REAL GEM! Great sharp photo with a super model.
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03/15/2009 08:03:09 PM
interesting find
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03/15/2009 06:55:47 PM
Love the bird and his reflection
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03/15/2009 06:32:32 PM
I am thoroughly enjoying seeing everyone's "money" shots. This is most DEFINITELY a money shot!
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03/15/2009 05:59:44 PM
cute
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03/15/2009 05:21:28 PM
Made me smile. Great capture.
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03/15/2009 04:19:24 PM
Whoo me?
Very humorous capture.
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03/15/2009 03:49:05 PM
how did u get the bird to stand there - great - 6
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03/15/2009 10:39:41 AM
Nice find, like the lines of the track & the sleepers & the piercing stare of the bird
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03/15/2009 10:25:23 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:12:21 AM
This is just too cool. I remember seeing this in your portfolio (although I can't remember who you are). I liked it then and I like it now.
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03/15/2009 10:07:44 AM
Incredible capture great pov very unique!!
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03/15/2009 09:42:13 AM
Hehe :)
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03/15/2009 05:40:47 AM
hehe its funny :D


;D brano
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03/15/2009 04:25:11 AM
Great capture, the DOF is perfect for this image - I love the reflection too.
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03/14/2009 10:44:19 PM
That is the funniest bird I have ever seen!! I don't know birds could make expressions, it looks like a lost puppy dog :)
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03/14/2009 09:08:54 PM
Nice photo. I really like the reflection.
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03/14/2009 07:20:27 PM
Cool shot, I would love to know how you did this, it looks like you placed him there. Nice job!
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03/14/2009 07:00:59 PM
lol, cool shot!
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03/14/2009 05:44:31 PM
What a sensational capture. The content is just so great - the expression on this guy's face, his reflection on the rail, the rail that disappears beyond him, the dof. The color depth is not as strong as it could be but it's a fave anyway.
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03/14/2009 05:36:48 PM
Burrowing Owl!
very cute!
I wish he filled more of the frame though
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03/14/2009 05:33:43 PM
Dangerous place to sit. Nice capture.
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03/14/2009 04:39:24 PM
Great catch
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03/14/2009 03:08:27 PM
Great capture!
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03/14/2009 01:21:58 PM
Cute capture
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03/14/2009 09:20:59 AM
Poor thing - he looks decidedly unhappy about his currently position! Nice capture.
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03/14/2009 07:03:52 AM
Very funny, great shoot.
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03/14/2009 06:54:21 AM
LOL. Excellent... love the warped reflection...
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03/14/2009 12:19:27 AM
Like nothing I've ever seen before.
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03/14/2009 12:00:02 AM
This is adorable! Is he real? Wait.. doesn't matter... it's so cool either way. The extra little somthing for me is the way the track bens slightly to the right behind the owl.
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03/13/2009 11:07:46 PM
That is truly one remarkable capture. I would hazard a guess that this is a burrowing owl. Wonderful depth of field and a great reflection from the track. Very nicely done... good luck to you.
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03/13/2009 10:52:38 PM
This is such a cool photo! 9
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03/13/2009 09:29:38 PM
This is funny and cute ! I had to laugh 9
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03/13/2009 08:01:09 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. This wouldn't happen to be anywhere near platform 9 3/4 would it?:-) I instantly thought Harry Potter and the Owl Delivery system; but really this little feathered friend does not want to be waiting on the tracks when Hogwarts Express comes roaring by:-) This little critter is so cute! I can't help but see that he would just *sit* there and hoot at the train as it toots it horn back to warn him of the danger of being on the tracks. I read his expression and stance is such that he is very persistent about catching his train - only someone flapping there arms and running toward him would possibly convince him to move. The focus and details on the owl are wonderful. There are of course some technicals such as deep shadows and DOF that I guess could be improved but I don't see how considering that sometimes you just have seconds to make the capture or lose it forever. Regardless of the technical details, this capture sure told me a story and gave me a smile which is a big plus if you can connect like that with your audience.
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03/13/2009 07:49:01 PM
LOL! Great capture I like the expression and reflection. Great DOF.
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03/13/2009 07:41:37 PM
Cool. Love the reflection in the sleeper.
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03/13/2009 05:45:15 PM
OMG this is so cute.
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03/13/2009 04:47:20 PM
Great capture! 8
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03/13/2009 03:11:08 PM
Funny,Nice,Moody, well shoot and good colors deserve a 10+
I wish I knew what he is trying to say ;-)
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03/13/2009 02:38:27 PM
Great eye. Cute title.
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03/13/2009 02:06:08 PM
Wow, what a great capture. Perfect DOF.
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03/13/2009 12:49:05 PM
Great perspective and DOF. The reflection adds to this too!
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03/13/2009 12:07:28 PM
This is so absurd its magical. Its like he's daring the train to come. I've had days where I wish I had his courage. 10
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03/13/2009 12:07:15 PM
cool burrowing owl
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03/13/2009 10:51:58 AM
This one make me laugh! Great title too. Thanks for sharing.
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03/13/2009 09:32:32 AM
lol this is really funny.. quirky but cool
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03/13/2009 08:39:45 AM
Nice shot. It seems like a character from a pixar movie...
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03/13/2009 08:23:01 AM
Haha, this is great. Excellent all around.
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03/13/2009 06:24:17 AM
wow, great timing
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03/13/2009 05:13:38 AM
Wow. I cannot believe this is for real. A tiny owl on a train track? wow. 7
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03/13/2009 05:08:14 AM
Wow, I love this shot. Incredibly unique. The DOF work perfectly and the eye contact is great. hope this does as well as it deserves.
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03/13/2009 03:12:17 AM
how cute is that
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03/13/2009 02:38:39 AM
Wow, why's a Burrowing Owl on the tracks? He should be burrowing. Great catch, this is awesome. 9
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03/13/2009 01:33:40 AM
what a capture !! all I can say is great timing. 7
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03/13/2009 12:33:14 AM
not funny, but im glad its a fake owl. isn't it!?
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03/12/2009 11:12:30 PM
Wonderful image. Among the best I've seen so far. Love the subject, the reflection, the composition and the DOF.
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03/12/2009 10:14:42 PM
What a cutie. Great eyes and reflection in the rails. I like the use of DoF here.
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03/12/2009 09:31:52 PM
Wow awesome capture! I love this! I hope there were no trains coming
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03/12/2009 08:29:20 PM
ok, just how did you get him to pose like that for you, amazing, and with a reflection, too cool
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03/12/2009 06:39:40 PM
wonderful capture
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03/12/2009 04:52:18 PM
This shot makes me smile every time I look at it. Great shot.
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03/12/2009 04:36:28 PM
wacky image - well done
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03/12/2009 01:21:32 PM
Amazing...lol
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03/12/2009 01:06:20 PM
LOL! what an exceptional capture. 10
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03/12/2009 12:54:30 PM
Good shot. Curious as to what lense you used to get this shot?
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03/12/2009 12:49:42 PM
this made me smile! fantastic focus and funny image
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03/12/2009 12:22:44 PM
Great detail and depth of focus.
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03/12/2009 11:46:00 AM
I absolutely love this shot. I am still laughing.
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03/12/2009 10:39:09 AM
Too adorable! Wonderfully unexpected :-)
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03/12/2009 10:26:24 AM
Love it!
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03/12/2009 09:00:55 AM
I'm voting this as if it's real (I assume it is), but the bird seems a little too processed, which makes him look like he isn't really part of the scene.
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03/12/2009 07:40:42 AM
Great!
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03/12/2009 04:27:52 AM
Hey, don't I know you from somewhere?
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03/11/2009 10:05:06 PM
This is amazing. His look is priceless. what a fabulous capture. I love the composition and the dof. He is just too cute!
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03/11/2009 09:53:02 PM
Man I love this shot! 9
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03/11/2009 09:43:45 PM
This is great!
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03/11/2009 09:17:14 PM
phenomenal! One of my top three.
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03/11/2009 08:33:45 PM
Unique - congrats.
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03/11/2009 08:28:30 PM
LOL! This one made me stop and look.
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03/11/2009 08:11:02 PM
Love the bird's reflection in the rail! Great capture!
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03/11/2009 07:09:02 PM
Surprised to see him stay there long enough for you to shoot him. Great perspective. Looks like a very long lens too.
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03/11/2009 06:38:07 PM
This is just about as cute, funky and odd as you can get. First off - this shot is like one in a million. Never seen a better photo showing the contrast between man and nature. The Owl just looks so out of place, on a railroad track of all places. =) On the photo itself, spot on. DOF is perfect and love how everything around him is oof but it still draws the line of the track out of the picture. The Owl is in good focus and has good color - plus he/she is cute. Great photo and I truly think it's a gem. 9
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03/11/2009 05:11:46 PM
That almost looks fake. Great capture.
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03/11/2009 03:13:49 PM
LOL. Very unusual composition. Love the reflection on the rail and the dof.
Excellent.
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03/11/2009 02:59:30 PM
wonderful shot.
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03/11/2009 01:35:17 PM
What a find. Great leading line right to the owl.
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03/11/2009 01:12:38 PM
Very cool image. The train track draws the eye right in. Nice job.
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03/11/2009 11:19:41 AM
haha this is a great composition how did you get him to pose???
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03/11/2009 10:39:58 AM
This almost looks too good to be true. 8
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03/11/2009 09:01:27 AM
Ha ha ha. So cute! Great capture.
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03/11/2009 09:00:20 AM
Hidden Gem? Check.
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03/11/2009 08:05:00 AM
Cool shot -
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03/11/2009 04:01:54 AM
Very cute and original.
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03/11/2009 02:41:17 AM
Very cool capture, the shadow rocks.

Lacks contrast and sharpness I think, perhaps a bit more 'punch'.
03/11/2009 01:39:00 AM
oh, buddy...move....great DOF...excellent colors
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